Valve launched its Steam Early Access program as a part of the same initiative that launched Steam Workshop and Steam Greenlight to make the Steam process much more community driven.
Steam Early Access allows users to benefit from playing a game in its development stage, whilst developers gain from player feedback in development. Developers can then make appropriate changes according to community response with iterations, and improve upon a game as much as possible before launching it as a finished product.
For now, the following titles are the only those that are available for Early Access:
· 1... 2... 3... KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby)
· Arma 3
· Drunken Robot Pornography
· Gear Up
· Kerbal Space Program
· Kinetic Void
· Prison Architect
· Under the Ocean
The Steam Early Access tab can be found under the Games dropdown menu on the Steam front page.
Long gone are the days when brilliant minds made brilliant games that come from their heads. Now we just have democratic mediocrity.
I'm pretty sure that 32.99 buys you the alpha, the Beta and the finished game. Not bad for $32.99